Casino Slashes Worker Hours to Avoid Obamacare Fines

Casino Slashes Worker Hours to Avoid Obamacare Fines

Hollywood Casino in Grantville, Pennsylvania has told its part-time workers that they may no longer work over 30 hours. The reason: Obamacare. 

“Not the first, won’t be the last,” Gene Barr of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry told WHTM-PA. “The casino is clearly one of many. We’re gonna see more and more of this.” 

Barr added:

Government has decided that you as a business will pay this if you meet a certain size. They’ve put these conditions on and of course companies will have to work around and with those conditions in order to make sure they can stay as a successful business. Businesses have to take the steps they can to keep themselves profitable and keep the people that are now employed employed.

Hollywood Casino is not alone in cutting hours to avoid Obamacare penalties and fines. Investor’s Business Daily’s Obamacare scorecard says at least 301 employers have already cut thousands of workers’ hours and jobs as a result of Obamacare. 

Still, some Pennsylvania Democratic politicians say Hollywood Casino and businesses like it that are bracing for Obamacare are just being stingy. 

“We do need everybody in society to try and put the good of Pennsylvania, and the good of the country first and stop being so darn selfish about every last penny,” said Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger. 

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare is projected to cost employers $130 billion in Obamacare penalties. 

Obamacare’s government healthcare exchanges go live in seven days. 


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